One day before New Yorkers head outside for the traditional summer kickoff weekend, the state Legislature expects to approve a plan Friday morning that will fund and reopen 55 parks and historic sites.
Gov. David Paterson said earlier this morning that a tentative deal had been reached to fund the parks with $11 million. Offsetting that cost is a $74 million cut to the Environmental Protection Fund.
Paterson told a New York City radio station that lawmakers would vote on the accord today. But lawmakers still needed to time to review the nuts-and-bolts of the agreement, said Senate spokesman Austin Shafran.
“We reached an agreement to fully restore parks funding and to keep them open for the remainder of the year,” he said. “We received a draft from the governor’s office and are in the process of reviewing the exact details and anticipate passing it tomorrow morning.”